(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Studio: Painting Coastal Waves

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Levels: All levels

Offered: Four Fridays, 4/23-5/14, 2-3:30pm

Instructor: Robert Dvorak


Learn how to paint in watercolor waves, rocks and trees in coastal landscapes. Have you ever marveled at the magic of waves and rocks in painting? It is not difficult to learn how to paint these on your own.

You will learn to paint dynamic ocean waves, ocean spray, coastal rocks dripping with water, mist, waves breaking, tubes, coastal trees, sand, and maybe some surfers in watercolor. In this fun and lively workshop, you will learn to discover and embrace your creative ability as you paint these subjects.

In each class there will one or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student prior to the first session. At the beginning of each session you you will watch Robert demonstrate. Most days you will paint along with Robert, step by step as he explains the painting exercise. Robert will look at each individuals endeavors and give valuable feedback.

Robert will bring to this class the same enthusiasm and energy you have experienced in his classroom workshops. You will gain from this workshop an enthusiasm for painting coastal landscapes.

Materials required:

A #10 or #12 round brush. Or a Chinese calligraphy brush about the same size. Chinese calligraphy brushes and Sable hair brushes hold more water than the synthetic brushes.

A 3/4” or 1” flat watercolor brush. Or a 1” Hake brush.

A watercolor palette filled with watercolor paint.

Colors can be what you have. Robert will be using: Permanent Rose or Alizarine Crimson, Vermillion, Azo yellow (Aureolin), Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue or Prussian Blue, Hookers Green or Viridian Green, Burnt Sienna, and Black. You don’t have to have these colors.

A No. 2 HB pencil (sharp), a cotton rag, some tissues.

One full sheet of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper torn down to 8 sheets, 7.5” x 11” and a backing board or one watercolor block 8” x 10” or 9” x 12”.

A water container–an empty peanut butter jar or a yogurt container will work fine.

Meets: Fridays from 2 pm-3:30 pm 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14.


Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn 36 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of creativity, he has authored: Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as MeditationThe Pocket Drawing Book, and articles on drawing and watercolor painting in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Fee: $150.00 Join Now